Hampi Travel Guide

  • Getting to Hampi
    Getting to Hampi
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  • Hampi- First View
    Hampi- First View
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  • The majestic Vittala Complex
    The majestic Vittala Complex
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Hampi Things to Do

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  • 05-Vitthala Temple

    After arriving at Hampi, we still had a few hours of daylight before night fell. Our approved guide, Hussen P (+91-9448719147; hussenguide1@yahoo. com), B.A. Dip. in Archaeology & Tourism), suggested Vitthala Temple, the most splendid building still standing in Hampi. That attraction would take a good 2.5 hours, if not more, to visit.The temple is...

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  • Malayavanta Raghunatha Temple

    Lord Rama is always seen standing, but Hampi hosts a unique temple where Rama and Laxmana are in sitting posture. This is the Malayavanta Raghunatha Temple, a little far from the heart of the city which is the reason why it was not destroyed by the Muslim invaders at the fall of the empire. Pooja's continue to happen here, the complex itself is...

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  • Public Bath

    Further form the pushkarni is a public swimming pool- it can only be described as a huge pool!! By the time we got here it had started raining...so we took a quick round and started back towards the palace...when the downpour started the guide suddenly took us thru an underground passage where we took shelter form the rain for a few minutes.

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  • Pushkarni

    Pushkaranis are sacred tanks attached to temples- most of the large temples in Hampi have a pushkarni attached to it. These tanks are fed in thru rain water harvesting but from a ritualistic perspective they are treated with great respect. Please don't throw garbage or put your slippers in the water. Most people spray a little of this water on...

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  • King's Palace

    The King's palace is said to have been a resplendent structure, unfortunately they were built of wood based on a sprawling stone foundation. Today only the foundation remains, the palaces fell prey to the arsenal that followed the fall of this mighty empire. However interestingly enough some secret underground passageways remain and our guide...

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  • Queens Bath

    What looks like an unassuming building from outside is in fact a royal bath enclosure. A walkway surrounds what was the 'pool' and it hosts some balconies. Also the pool has a water harvesting capability to ensure adequate water supply in the pool for the queens to bathe in. The walkway around has beautiful carvings on the roof, in what is believed...

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Hampi Hotels

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  • Hampi's Boulders

    Narayanpet, Bandi, Hampi, India

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Kishkinda Heritage Resort

    nr Stone Bridge Cross, Sanapur Post,, Gangavathi Taluk, Koppal District., Hampi, Karnataka, 583 234,

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneshwari

    The best place to stay while on your visit to the ruins of Hampi is either Hampi itself or its...

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Hampi Restaurants

  • Good, clean, wholesome Veg food

    After an exhausting day of clambering over ruins and trudging along dusty trails, it is truly delightful to rest your weary and battered feet, wash up and obey the growling noise in your stomach. That is when almost all tourists make a beeline to the ‘Mango Tree’ restaurant located within Hampi itself.A colourful signboard encourages you on by...

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  • Best local dinner in town

    If you take the main back street heading left off Hampi Bazaar (with your back to the temple), and follow it round, you should, if memory serves, find this little blue building with trellises and patio furniture.They do serve international cuisine, but ignore that. I had a very decent paneer butter masala here, but the highlight was my partner's...

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  • Festival special

    During the Virupaksha Car Festival, this hotel was offering a 'festival special sweet and salty' breakfast, which we just had to try! It turned out to be two helpings of what looked like semolina, one, as promised, sweet, like a pudding, and the other savoury. Quite odd, but worth a go!

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Hampi Nightlife

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  • Not much to do otherwise

    There's very little to do in Hampi after dark as most places close at 9.30pm. This was one of a few that stayed open where you can sit and, well, chill out. They're also open for breakfasts which are pretty good.

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  • NIGHTLIFE???

    Well you won't find any Club18/30 crowd here, or if you do, then they are really lost!!. When the sun goes down, it's time to get together in one of the local haunts in the bazaar and chat about life back home, the local culture or the days experience, all intemingled with the sounds and smells of the region, wildlife and fauna and that strange...

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Hampi Transportation

  • Bike around the town

    Bikes, scooters, mopeds are also available for rent. You may need to pick up your own tourist guide and Hampi map to get around using these. Ensure you have a license. It is better to rent these in the morning as they charge the same price through the day. You can find the rental place in Hampi bazaar, right by the Virupaksha temple.This mode of...

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  • Train from Bangalore

    We took an overnight train from Bangalore to Hospet. Train tickets cost around Rs. 500 one-way for 3-tier AC compartment. Tickets can be booked on www.irctc.co.in Reservations open up a couple of months before the date of travel. They tend to get taken up pretty fast, especially for weekends. So ensure you book in advance.You can take an auto...

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  • To Hampi from Goa

    I had looked on Internet for a train ticket, but it didn’t seem to be any day trains running to Hospet. So when I arrived in Panaji I went to the bus companies to ask for a bus ticket, but it turned out there were no buses running during monsoon time. At a travel agent I found out though that there was a train leaving Goa for Hospet a few days a...

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Hampi Shopping

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  • ALL KIND OF JEMS AND JEWELLERY BRASS &...

    AKSHAYA HANDICRAFT C/O MANGO TREE RESTAURANT he have all kind of jems & jewellery its near virupaksha temple when you visit to mango tree restaurant on the way 20 miters from mango tree its very good place to shoping i can buy 92.5% silver jewellery and brass satchu he will relay good price it is a best place to shopping in hampi you can spend...

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  • 34-Souvenir Shop

    The broad road that lies in front of the Virupaksha (Pampapati) Temple has a left fork towards the far end as you walk away from the temple. This junction leads you to a smallish market and lodgings normally frequented by back backers and those looking for a decent, clean, budget-friendly accommodation.As you head towards this bazaar, there is a...

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  • ethnic items,clothes and others

    There are shops all over Hampi,especially outside the virupaksha temple and on the backside of the temple,selling clothes,bags,jewellery,shawls,toys etc..They are from different parts of India.One has to bargain in these shops.You could even get a tailor made dress in one of the shops. Clothes,skirts,pants,kurtas,topsBangles,other imitation/ethnic...

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Hampi Local Customs

  • Swimming

    Locals and visitors all tend to ignore the 'Swimming is Danger' signs, and go for a dip anyway! Most stay in the shallows, just to bathe themselves, but we saw plenty of children and young men swimming in the faster currents in the middle.

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  • Rangolis

    Rangolis are wonderful instances of spontaneous art that decorate the streets outside people's homes during major holidays. They are drawn in outline with either white rice flour or chalk, and at big celebrations are often filled in with coloured sand.We saw lots on the ground during the Car Festival, particularly in the back streets.

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  • Alcohol and Meat

    Because Hampi is a Hindu religious centre, both alchohol and meat are banned in the Hampi bazaar area, which is of course where most people stay. I've heard that some of the resorts on the other side of the river serve alcohol (illegally), but I didn't test the rumour.

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Hampi Warnings and Dangers

  • Touts & problems finding rooms

    When I arrived in Hampi off the bus from Goa, touts were everywhere, which is just what I needed after spending a night on a bus. Rooms were hard to come by as it was 8.30am and checkout time in most places was at 10am. Everyone was flying around the small streets in auto rickshaws trying to find somewhere that had a room. Guesthouses here are...

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  • Viruses Infected Computers

    Oh well, most cyber cafes do not have current antivirus & some cyber cafes even have more character where they don't have antivirus software at all.If you're traveling with your portable USB drive for your long trip, do expect some viruses planting multiple .EXE files into every picture folders of yours. Even connecting your camera to computer via...

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  • Oh behave!!

    As you all know that hindi movies always featuring women with perfect t!ts and kids growing up with those fantasies since young age sometime causing them trying to touch you. If you're female travelers, do watch out for hands coming in outside the bus trying to molest you whenever the bus is stopping. If you're walking at overcrowded street, please...

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Hampi Tourist Traps

  • Don't let them choose where you stay...

    There are a number of guest house in Hampi and on the other side of the river. Chances are you will rely on your auto rickshaw driver to recommend. Take their recommendation, but you don't have to give into it. You can check the various places before you settle for what you like. Also, there are places available with view. So, even if you are taken...

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  • Bizarre or Bazaar

    Apart from a few shops selling the usual tourist junk, tat and souveniers, points to remember are, the fake guides. Get yourself a good detailed map and do it by cycle (hire is cheap) or a tuk tuk (negotiate the price) to show you around. Also when in the bazaar area, children trying to sell you postcards and pictures, that you've most probally...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Hampi What to Pack

  • Bug spray, flashlight, and bedspreads

    Good to carry bug sprays, and flash lights with spare cells. Mobile phone coverage is bad in certain areas. So don't rely on GPRS or 3G to stay in touch. However, there are a number of internet browsing places.You may have to carry your own bedsheets/bedspreads if you are gonna bunk in one of the cheaper huts, especially during off-peak season....

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  • Packing for Hampi

    A day pack is necessary to hold water etc. Comfortable walking shoes a must; Hampi requires a fair bit of walking. Mosquito repellants, sunscreen Summer cap or protective scarf is an absolute must all-year round. Sunglasses too! Carry lots of coins and change.

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  • Essentials

    Most visitors to Hampi are just "passing through" for 2/3 days and so will have most travel essentials with them. You will find shopping in Hampi rather limited, but most requsites can be found at the town of Hospet, 13 Kms.away.

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Hampi Off The Beaten Path

  • Have a cuppa with a beautiful sunset!

    the ruins near the Virupaksha temple has a sunset point. This is set on a rocky hillock which is quite climbable with a few steps, there was a lil' boy selling tea at the sunset point when I visited. A lot of people hangout there, though still its a peaceful and serene spot and you get a 360 deg view of the rocky monochromatic landscape of Hampi....

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  • Bukka's Aqueduct

    This enormous and impressive stone aqueduct is located a little bit out of the way on the other side of the river in an area known as Virupapur Gadde. All what remains of this massive aqueduct is a tall section of a bridge like structure. The whole structure is built with rectangular dressed rock blocks and it shear height suggests an ambitious...

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  • Sunsets

    As the sun sets beyond the Western Ghats, the sky becomes flame red in the dusty atmosphere, as seen here in the veiw from the Monkey Temple . Remember if you stay to watch the sun go down, the descent from the temple can be "tricky" in the dark.

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Hampi Favorites

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  • hampi sketch trip..beautiful mesmerizing

    Sunset points are nice ..amazing crowd during dawn..Music and stuff..just keep in mind..that the ferry's or boats dont go after evening.. So if you are stuck on the other side ..its gonna be a lil problem.everything closes down early night...amazing experience to stay in the lap of nature ..peaceful and soothing except that its too damn hot during...

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  • 37-Other useful information

    1. Best time to visit is winters, say, November to January. Rest of the time, it is hot. Summer will be unbearable owing to the intense heat given off by the ever-present boulders, stones and rocks. Check up from their official website regarding the religious festival before you make your holiday plans. The websites...

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  • Reconstruction

    If you walk towards the Vitthala Temple, along the riverside, you'll see a lot of work being carried out by members of the Archaeological Survey of India who are restoring many of the temples.

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